City recreation baseball, softball leagues wind down seasons
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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The Moab Cardinals of the Babe Ruth baseball league celebrate their season-end tournament win at Blanding on June 28. Back row (from left): Josh Jones, Christian Wilson, Dallin Stubblefield, Kane Scherer, Keshaun Yanito, Cam Hoppensteadt, Neil Audenried, coach Conrad Yanito; and front row: Shereldon Yanito, Connor Denney, Brayden Schultz, Jarrett Reidhead, Elton Jones, and Connor Guerrero. Hunter Rhodes was also a team member. Photo courtesy of Conrad Yanito
The Moab Cardinals of the Babe Ruth baseball league celebrate their season-end tournament win at Blanding on June 28. Back row (from left): Josh Jones, Christian Wilson, Dallin Stubblefield, Kane Scherer, Keshaun Yanito, Cam Hoppensteadt, Neil Audenried, coach Conrad Yanito; and front row: Shereldon Yanito, Connor Denney, Brayden Schultz, Jarrett Reidhead, Elton Jones, and Connor Guerrero. Hunter Rhodes was also a team member. Photo courtesy of Conrad Yanito
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Moab City Recreation’s youth baseball and softball leagues have already finished or are wrapping up their respective seasons. A few of the competitive leagues for older athletes held their end-of-season district tournaments in late June, while the younger players’ leagues (tee ball and coach pitch) will finish up their schedules this week.

After this week, only the adult coed slow pitch softball league will still be actively playing. The 11-team adult league is about midway through its two-month schedule, with the final season games slated for July 31.

According to city recreation director John Geiger, Moab had a total of 372 players on more than 40 teams in 10 different baseball and softball leagues this spring and summer.

Scores and standings weren’t kept in the coed tee ball league for children aged 6 and under. That eight-team league started playing June 6 and was scheduled to conclude on July 2.

Scores and standings were also not kept for Moab’s coach pitch softball and baseball leagues for kids aged 7 and 8. There were three teams in the girls coach pitch softball league, which ran from May 27 through July 3. In the boys coach pitch baseball league, there were five teams competing in twice-a-week games from May 28 until July 2.

In the girls minor softball league for girls aged 9 and 10, Moab fielded three teams in the seven-team league, while the cities of Blanding and Price each had two teams competing. The Wicked Brew Yankees, coached by Natalie Rutherford, ended up with a 6-5 overall record, the best among the three Moab teams. Close behind them were the Packard Wholesale Cardinals, who finished 5-6 and were coached by Travis Packard. The Wells Fargo Pirates, coached by Mike Geiser, went 4-7 overall.

In the minor baseball league for boys aged 9 and 10, a total of nine teams competed: three from Moab, three from Blanding, two from Monticello, and one from Dove Creek, Colorado. Among the Moab teams, the Moab Bit and Tool Royals (coached by Stan Holland) ended up with the best overall record at 4-6. The Mountain America Credit Union Braves (coached by Gary Randall) finished 2-8, and the Moab Brewery Brewers (coached by Chad Nelson) were 1-9.

In the major softball league for girls aged 11 and 12, a total of six teams competed, two teams apiece from the cities of Moab, Price, and Blanding. Both Moab teams finished with similar overall records, with the Perpetual Images Indians going 4-7 and the Best Western Canyonlands Braves going 3-7-1. Brook Shumway coached the Indians, while Jeramey McElhaney was the coach of the Braves.

In the major baseball league for boys aged 11 and 12, Moab had three teams in the seven-team league, which included two teams from Blanding and one team each from Monticello and Dove Creek. Moab’s three teams all boasted winning records, led by the 7-2 Walker True Value Dodgers, who were coached by Larry Croasmun. The Big Horn Lodge Angels (coached by Jared Wiggins) and the Moab Family Medicine Red Sox (coached by Ken Williams) both went 6-3 overall.

In the five-team Babe Ruth softball league for girls aged 13 through 15, Moab had two teams, Blanding had one, and Price had two. The Spanish Valley Mortuary Red Sox, coached by Darrin Tangren, went 9-2 in league play, while Moab’s other team, the Miguel’s Baja Grill Royals, coached by Carrie Valdes, finished 2-9.

In the Babe Ruth baseball league for boys age 13 through 15, the Eastern Utah Community Credit Union Cubs, coached by Scott Horton, went 8-2 during the regular season, while the other Moab team, the Wang Organization Cardinals, coached by Conrad Yanito, finished their regular season with a 7-3 record. The two Moab teams split their four regular season games against each other. The five-team league also included two teams from Blanding and one from Monticello. At the season-ending tournament held in Blanding on June 28, the second-seeded Moab Cardinals defeated Monticello once and the top-seeded Moab Cubs twice to take home the first-place trophy, according to Yanito. The Cardinals went 3-0 at the one-day tournament, while the Cubs went 2-2, their only losses being to the Cardinals (by respective scores of 4-2 and 9-2).

Geiger said that for the past several years, Moab City Recreation leagues have been sending their respective champions to the UBBA (Utah Boys Baseball Association) and UGSA (Utah Girls Softball Association) state tournaments held each July in the Spanish Fork and Provo area. However, starting this year, the organizers of those tournaments are limiting participation to local teams from the Utah County area, Geiger said.

Instead of going to the UBBA and UGSA tournaments this year, Moab will instead field all-star teams at the Utah Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken baseball and Babe Ruth softball championship tournaments for Southern Utah, which will take place July 9-12 in the Richfield area.

Jared Meador will be coaching Moab’s all-star baseball team for ages 14 and under, which is scheduled to play Price and Richfield on the afternoon of Wednesday July 9, followed by South Sevier the next morning. After a round-robin of pool play, the four teams will play a double-elimination tournament. In addition, Jared Wiggins will be coaching a team of Moab all-stars in one of the similarly formatted Cal Ripken tournaments for boys 12 and under.

The Babe Ruth softball brackets had not yet been posted on-line as of June 30, but coach Carrie Valdes said she and Bill Sanchez will be coaching Moab’s all-star team of 13- to 15-year-olds at the Richfield tournament. In addition, Jeramey McElhaney will be heading up an all-star team comprised of the top players from Moab’s three teams that competed in the major league for girls 12 and under.

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